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We've just celebrated 10 years since Scirra Ltd was officially established as a company - and since the start we've been serving all our visitors through Scirra.com.

When we first started developing Construct 3, we took a long term plan to move all content over from Scirra.com to our new home, Construct.net. The Scirra website was run on a single server, was hard to scale and had a large amount of code on it which wasn't going to be suitable for our growth going forwards.

I've never had to shut down and move a website before, and it's been quite a challenge. Lots of features needed re-writing (the asset store being perhaps the most challenging) and lots of content and features re-written to run on our new more reliable cloud based servers. The new site is measurably better performing, cheaper to run and more reliable than Scirra.com ever was. There are endless small tasks that need taking care of. It's been a little bumpy along the way in parts, but we've made it.

Looking back from where we were 10 years ago - me and Ashley both working from our bedrooms and me building the first Scirra.com website in the evenings after work brings back good memories (although I don't miss the hours I was doing initially!). I remember telling Ashley if we can get 10,000 visitors a day to the website, we'd of made it and would have a sustainable business. Those 10,000 visitors a day seemed far out of reach and at the time I felt perhaps a little guilty about being so ambitious - I would of never of dreamt that we would be receiving close to 50,000 unique visitors a day 10 years later! If I'd told the 10 year younger me and Ashley that back then, they would of both been amazed and extremely excited.

10 Years of Stats

10 years is a lifetime online, and it's incredible how many people the Scirra.com website reached:

  • Almost 25,000,000 unique visitors
  • 45,000,000 sessions
  • 172,000,000 page views
  • Around 407 years of time spent on Scirra.com

Over the years the Scirra.com website has gone through a few designs:

2011

Back in 2011 this looked pretty swank, trust me!

2012

A little later we went for a flatter look, and changed our colour schemes. I'm not sure, but I think this was trend back then?

2013

We settled longer term on this design going forwards which has lasted.

2015

The final design before we shut down the website.

It's just a website, but it's always been there and has helped carry us through to where we are today, so it is with a little sadness that today we say goodbye. It's natural for things to move on though, and the future is exciting.

Good bye Scirra.com, a small piece of the web we've crafted out that has run it's course and we must let go.

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  • It's quite nostalgic, but... moving forward! :)

  • A great achievement! Well done. Those are some crazy stats. I wonder what the post 10 years from now will look like :)

  • Amazing achievements! Keep up the good work!

  • Thanks scirra

  • You both made a great job! Cheers!

  • Congratulations! Its been a wild ride! Looking forwards to the years to come.

  • What was the thing with "finding the Princess" award? Still don't know.

  • I discovered Scirra sometime after 2012 so all but the most original of the designs I remember. Absolutely beautiful times to be a Construct user. It was like visiting a digital home every time I used the website. It's still home even now.

  • Reading the email I thought that Tom was leaving Scirra...

    I am glad that's not the case and I am glad to have seen most of this evolution. In a couple of months I will be an 8 years Construct user.

    You guys did an amazing job back then and keep everything going well despite the difficulties that this type of business have, especially competing with colossi!

    Every time I refer Construct to someone I always mention Scirra.com and then I correct myself afterwards, I really need to learn to use the new website address!

    By the way, I don't like the font of the logo of the first website, but the rest was quite cool for my taste :-)

  • Thank you for your hard work! we will wait for a full-fledged 3D :)

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